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AN ACT concerning housing.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Illinois Affordable Housing Act is amended
by adding Section 10.5 as follows:
(310 ILCS 65/10.5 new)
Minimum standard of living requirement.
housing financed under the Illinois Affordable Housing Program
must meet a minimum standard of living requirement. In order
for a program applicant to be eligible to receive funding to
acquire, construct, rehabilitate, develop, operate, insure, or
retain affordable single-family or multi-family housing, the
applicant must demonstrate that each housing unit can provide
and meet the following quality standards, as applicable:
(1) Cooling standards:
(A) Housing must have cooling and dehumidification
systems capable of being operated
the heating system.
(B) Newly constructed housing must have permanent
(C) All housing cooling and dehumidification
systems must operate when
the heat index exceeds 80
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(2) Heating standards during the heating season,
October 1 through May 31, unless a unit of government has
standards that require a higher temperature of heat, for
(A) Between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., heat must register
at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit when the outside
temperature falls below 55 degrees.
(B) Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., heat must register
at least 62 degrees Fahrenheit.
(C) Housing must not have heat lapse longer than
(D) Any tenant complaint about heating must be
rectified within 24 hours.
(3) Windows must open and close with safety
installed and must be inspected on a regular basis.
(4) Maintenance and upkeep.
(A) Housing, occupied primarily by persons 65
years of age or older or by persons with a disability,
must provide laundry machines that are fully
operational so that senior residents and residents
with disabilities do not have to travel far for their
(B) Premises of the single-family or multi-family
housing must be kept fit for human habitation and must
be kept reasonably clean and safe and free of trash and
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(C) Property manager must provide for control of
insects, rodents, and other pests.
(D) Property manager or maintenance personnel must
respond within a reasonable amount of time (1-2 days)
for tenant requests, including, but not limited to,
appliances, windows, doors, and painting.
(5) Property Management. Property management companies
must adhere to compliance checks and tenant reviews.
This Act takes effect upon